Police and troops continued to patrol the streets of Kuala Lumpur today as an uneasy calm began to settle over the Malaysian capital after almost a week of bloody rioting.
Police and troops continued to patrol the streets of Kuala Lumpur today as an uneasy calm began to settle over the Malaysian capital after almost a week of bloody rioting. The death toll in the fighting has now been put at 147 known dead.
Official figures state there are more than three-thousand people under arrest, most of them curfew-breakers. 153 of them -- described as hard-core terrorists -- were picked up in two separate raids.
Five buildings were on fire early today and some gunfire was heard. But life was much more comfortable for the ordinary citizen, who has been living under an almost uninterrupted curfew since the violence between Chinese and Malays broke out early last week.
The curfew was relaxed for three hours on Sunday, for five and a half hours today (Monday) and a seven and a half hours break has been promised for tomorrow (Tuesday).
But the police are still maintaining a close watch on all traffic Banks opened briefly, shops did big business and train and air services began to get moving again.
Only people in the worst-hit areas were still kept indoors by curfew regulations and about 16-thousand of them have so far had food delivered by the Government.
Meantime, the authorities are caring for 10,000 refugees of the fighting. Packed into schools and stadium around the city, they are being cared for by the Red Cross, the Civil Defence Force, the Government Welfare Service and other organisations.